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Around the Web
The Story Worth Living
At Grace Table, Sarah writes about living the story you want to tell.
- April showers bring May flowers, at least that’s how it used to work. Around here the weather patterns seem to have shifted a bit since I was a young girl. This year we had an April snow shower that brought more snow than we saw all winter. A week later the April sunshine pushed the thermometer well past 80 degrees.
But even with the crazy weather patterns, the day still came in early May when I just knew spring was here to stay.
Delightful New Picture Books for Summer
- If you’re looking for newly published picture books, summer 2017, keep these delightful choices in mind. Maybe even put some on hold at the library. Because there are lots of great books to read with kids.
This Dinosaur Is the ‘Most Impressive Fossil’ We’ve Ever Seen
- It takes a lot to wow photographer Robert Clark.
Over his illustrious career, Clark has photographed more than 40 stories for National Geographic magazine, specializing in capturing the distant past of life and culture. He shot China’s exquisite feathered-dinosaur fossils. He watched researchers autopsy Ötzi the Iceman, the famous 5,000-year-old frozen mummy. And he took intimate portraits of people who lived and died 2,300 years ago—their leathery faces preserved in a bog.
Not to Irksome Toil, But to Delight
Aaron Ames explores the art of boredom at Circe Institute.
- When we are born, once we establish security of life, we immediately turn to an insatiable desire for play, and the insatiable desire to play together. We see it in puppies and kittens, and certainly our own children. And if this repetitive pattern in the nature of our young is not a cunning trick, then I do not know what else it to mean other than that we are fundamentally, at our very core, creatures of play.
Around the Warren
Jessica Deagle reminds us that imagination is the gateway to the soul.
- None of us can deny the power of a good story. From Ferdinand the Bull to Gone with the Wind, from Scheherazade’s Arabian Knights to the Bible’s own Prodigal Son, stories have a staying power that captivates us, the scenes of which are easily played back again on the screens of our imaginations. While the mind thrills at reason, imagination loves story.
Throughout the gospels, we see that Jesus told stories in order to subtly yet seriously display truth and demonstrate to his hearers a better way.
Planet Earth II
Helen Sorensen revels in the BBC documentary Planet Earth II.
- The year was 2007, and Jon and I were living in a miniscule house in Valrico, Florida. We had no children, and we both worked, and there wasn’t much else going on in our lives. Then, out of nowhere, something lit up our Sunday evenings.
In those days, we attended church on Sunday mornings, ate lunch, endured a purgatorial waiting period of maybe 2 hours, then returned to church for choir practice and an evening service. Sunday nights were pretty grim. There was the usual dread of the coming workweek combined with the fatigue that must follow a full day of services.
Enter Planet Earth, a series of nature documentaries
Something to Do with Your Kids
As we approach the end of the school year, you may be looking for ways to keep focused on the school work that needs to be done. But there’s also space in life for good fun together. Here are some after school activities to do with your kids–some of them may even be good summer activities!
And Something to Watch
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